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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 24. Transportation And Motor Vehicles
Agency 35. Commission On The Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program
Chapter 70. Remote Alcohol Monitoring Device Regulations
10/15/2021

24VAC35-70-130. Service provider technician certification.

A. Service provider technicians and state directors are required to possess a Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter to perform any remote alcohol monitoring services in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Newly hired service provider technicians or state directors, however, may perform remote alcohol monitoring services under the direct supervision of a certified technician or state director for training purposes for up to 90 days prior to obtaining a Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter. In order to apply for a certification letter, manufacturers shall submit a completed application to the commission for approval of newly hired service provider technicians and state directors. The completed application shall include submission of:

1. A completed applicant form provided by the commission;

2. A complete local and national criminal history check;

3. A complete driver's record; and

4. Documentation issued by the commission of successful completion of the Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Device Certification Exam.

Failure to submit a completed application will result in disqualification from consideration for a Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter by the commission to perform remote alcohol monitoring services in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

B. Applicants shall be required to complete a Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Exam. Successful completion of the exam requires a score of 80% or higher. Applicants who fail to successfully complete the state certification exam on the first attempt shall be allowed a second opportunity to successfully complete the exam. Applicants who fail to successfully complete the state certification exam on the second attempt shall not be allowed to reapply to provide remote alcohol monitoring services for the Commonwealth of Virginia for six months from the date of the second failed exam. Service providers shall be required to pay an administrative fee, as provided in 24VAC35-70-60 B 4, to the commission for all second and subsequent attempts to successfully complete the state certification exam. Applicants who successfully pass the state certification exam will receive documentation of successful completion from the commission that shall be submitted with the application for the Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter to perform remote alcohol monitoring services in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

C. The commission may deny, revoke, suspend, or terminate a Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter for a service provider technician or state director for any of the following reasons:

1. Having been convicted of a felony;

2. Having been convicted of a misdemeanor potentially punishable by confinement;

3. Committing an unethical, deceptive, or dishonest act that negatively impacts the integrity of the remote alcohol monitoring program;

4. Failing to demonstrate sufficient knowledge or skill required to perform remote alcohol monitoring services in the Commonwealth of Virginia;

5. Material misstatement or omission in an application; or

6. Defrauding any offender, manufacturer, service provider, or other person or entity in the conduct of the licensee's business.

A service provider technician or state director whose Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter has been denied, revoked, suspended or terminated may request judicial review in accordance with the provisions of the Administrative Process Act (§ 2.2-400 et seq. of the Code of Virginia). In the event that the decision to suspend or revoke the Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter of a service provider's technician or state director is upheld, the service provider technician or state director shall not perform remote alcohol monitoring services in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the entire suspension period, or in the case of a revocation or termination, on a permanent basis. This prohibition includes any period during which the denial, suspension, revocation, or termination is being contested. The manufacturer is required to return the Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter to the commission within 15 days of the date that the certification was suspended, revoked, or terminated by the commission.

D. Once the completed application has been approved by the commission and all other qualifications have been met by the applicant, a Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter to perform remote alcohol monitoring services in the Commonwealth of Virginia shall be issued to the applicant by the commission. The certification letter shall contain the effective date of the letter and a certification number specific to the applicant. The certification letter will be valid for a time period specified by the commission unless otherwise suspended, revoked, or terminated, but for no longer than the manufacturer contract end date. In the event that an applicant is not approved for a Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter to perform remote alcohol monitoring services in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the commission will notify the manufacturer in writing within 10 days of the determination. The Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter is subject to review by the commission at its discretion during the course of the certification period.

E. An application to renew a Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter for a remote alcohol monitoring service provider technician or state director shall be submitted 30 days prior to the expiration date printed on the current certification letter. A service provider technician or state director who has had his state certification revoked or terminated shall be ineligible to reapply for a Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letter unless otherwise approved by the commission.

F. Manufacturers are required to surrender Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Letters for service provider technicians and state directors who are no longer employed with their company. The surrendered certification letter shall be sent to the commission within 15 days of the date that the service provider technician or state director is no longer employed with the service provider or manufacturer.

G. In addition to the successful completion of the Virginia Remote Alcohol Monitoring Certification Exam required for application, the commission may order that a certified technician or state director already performing remote alcohol monitoring services in the Commonwealth of Virginia review requirements and retake the state certification exam to demonstrate that the technician or state director possesses the knowledge required to perform remote alcohol monitoring services. An exam retake fee is not applicable in this circumstance.

Statutory Authority

§ 18.2-270.2 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 37, Issue 14, eff. July 1, 2021.

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